by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Showtime has gone a long way to build up its ShoBox series to progress the sport of boxing and with promoter Gary Shaw standing behind EliteXC, they are hoping to do much of the same with the new ShoXC series that debuted on the premium cable network on Friday night, displaying new talent in the MMA world.
The main event on the card was a lightweight match-up between pro boxer turned MMA fighter KJ Noons and Edson Berto, who has made a name for himself of late with two rapid-fire victories in his EliteXC bouts.
Noons, who was coming off of a loss in his last MMA fight, came out and showed his much improved game by peppering Berto throughout the fight with superior stand-up. Berto’s only real offense in the fight came in the first round when he took the bout to the ground and went for his famous heel hook submission, but Noons escaped and kept the fight standing.
Noons spent much of the fight stalking Berto around the cage trying to engage and when his opponent did shoot, it was Noons who displayed a very good takedown defense.
The second round saw Berto literally gassed on his feet, looking to the time clock several times. Noons tried to get to Berto without overextending himself to avoid a takedown and landed numerous body shots along the way.
In the third round, Berto shot in one final time trying to take Noons down, but instead caught a vicious knee strike to the head that put him on the canvas. The San Diego based fighter pounced on Berto and landed a couple more shots before the referee stopped the action and KJ Noons was handed the victory.
With the win, Noons gets back on the winning track and proves that his MMA game is still improving and he should be another top star in the EliteXC lightweight division.
The proposed title unification bout between the Gladiator Challenge and King of the Cage promotions went by the wayside when KOTC champion Aaron Weatherspoon had a last minute medical problem and had to drop out leaving GC champion Jeremiah Metcalf without an opponent. Current Gladiator Challenge middleweight champ Jamie Jara stepped up on short notice and fought Metcalf at a catch weight of 175 pounds.
Metcalf, despite being the smaller fighter, looked dominant early, landing multiple combinations that caught Jara time and time again. It seemed as if Metcalf was all but in complete control when Jara unloaded a huge left hand that put his opponent on the mat. Jara followed up with another strike before the referee stopped the bout and the Gladiator Challenge middleweight champion scored the win, even after taking the fight just the day before.
Scott Jorgensen and Chris David showcased the 135 lb. bantamweight division on the debut edition of ShoXC. Jorgensen looked like the more well rounded fighter landing some stiff shots throughout the fight, but David was able to withstand basically all of the punishment in the bout.
Jorgensen had the biggest highlight of the fight when he picked David up, walked him back to his corner and slammed him down in a thunderous fashion that brought the crowd alive. When it was all said and done, Scott Jorgensen walked away with a unanimous decision victory over Chris David.
Aaron Rosa, who was hyped throughout the fight as one of Tito Ortiz’s training partners, took on Brazilian Top Team member Jefferson “Tanque” Silva in a light heavyweight bout that should also get Fight of the Night honors.
Rosa was quick to take the fight to the ground, anxious to avoid the stand-up skills of Silva early on. The Brazilian did close in on an armbar from his guard, but Rosa defended effectively and instead reversed position and trapped Silva’s arm in a crucifix position and started to reign down punches and elbows.
It looked like Silva was in considerable pain from the strikes, but he managed to wiggle free and eventually worked for position taking Rosa’s back late in the round. After trying a weak submission attempt, Rosa reversed Silva and this time hit down with some heavy shots that rocked the Brazilian Top Team member as the round ended.
Silva remained on the mat after the bell unable to continue and Aaron Rosa picked up the victory in the light heavyweight match-up.
In the opening bout of the evening, Muhssin Corbbrey defeated Lee Gibson by unanimous decision in an uninspiring match-up between two lightweight fighters.
ShoXC will give a place for new faces in MMA to get seen for the first time on television, but many of the participants on the debut edition fought without much intensity and almost never with a sense of urgency.
In future editions of this series, hopefully fight fans will be treated to more bouts where the fighters are truly fighting to prove they belong on television and see it as an opportunity of a lifetime.
-K.J. Noons defeated Edson Berto by KO at :45 of Rd 3
-Aaron Rosa defeated Jefferson “Tanque” Silva at 5:00 of Rd 1 (Silva unable to answer the bell for Rd 2)
-Jaime Jara defeated Jeremiah Metcalf by KO at 4:15 of Rd 1
-Muhsin Corbbrey defeated Lee Gibson by unanimous decision
-Scott Jorgensen defeated Chris David by unanimous decision
-Shayna Baszler defeated Jan Finney by arm bar at 2:40 of Rd 1
-Brian Cobb defeated John Reedy by rear naked choke at 4:09 of Rd 1
-Anthony Ruiz defeated Jason Geris at 5:00 of Rd 1 (Doctor stoppage between rounds due to Geris’ injured knee)
-Josh Neal defeated Eric Beondo by TKO at 2:56 of Rd 1
-Anthony Rubalcava defeated Drew Montgomery by TKO at 4:19 of Rd 1